bogwitch64: (Krohe)
[personal profile] bogwitch64
Forget? About forgotten English words? Inconceivable! I just haven't come across any that tickled my fancy until this little nugget today.
Who thought a vomitorium was the name of the room where Roman's used to purge after lavish meals? I'm raising my hand, mind you. But it's WRONG! It's a myth, or a misconception. Thanks to my Forgotten English calendar, clarity is mine...and I give it to you:
vomitory: a door of a large building; from Latin vomitorious.
(Daniel Lyon's Dictionary of the English Language, 1897)

"For at least a century, mistaken folk-etymology had caused many people to believe that the term vomitorium (related to the above-mentioned word) once represented a Roman lavatory used for purging during lavish feasts. Aldous Huxley had this misconception in mind when he wrote in his novel, Antic Hay (1923), "There strode in, like a Goth into the elegant marble vomitorium of Petronius Arbiter, a haggard and dishevelled person." "

Profile

bogwitch64: (Default)
bogwitch64

January 2013

S M T W T F S
  1 23 45
6 78 910 1112
13 141516 17 1819
20 2122 2324 2526
2728293031  

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:44 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios